I am a proud native of Washington state and a second generation American of Mexican descent.
My parents Serafin and Josefa Cerna were immigrants from Mexico. They came to the valley in 1946 with my oldest sister Angelica and brothers Peter and Serafin Jr.
My sister Sally and I were born in Yakima and we were raised near the lower valley town of Wapato. All five kids graduated from Wapato High School.
I attended Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and it was there that I fell in love with broadcasting and journalism.
I graduated in 1975 with a degree in communications and landed my first job at KOMO Radio as a news reporter and anchor immediately after graduation.
I have been lucky enough to work in Seattle in radio and television for 37 years as a reporter, producer, host, executive producer at KOMO, KING, and KCTS. During my career, I have won five Northwest Region Emmy Awards.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Puget Sound Affiliate asked me to serve this year as a Pink Tie Guy. Here I am with Susan Ford Bales, daughter of the late President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford. Mrs. Ford was instrumental in bringing national attention to breast cancer awareness after she was diagnosed while in the White House. Susan is continuing her mother’s legacy. We are also joined by Cheryl Shaw, Executive Director of the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate and my fellow Pink Tie Guys at the organization’s annual fundraising luncheon. I am proud to serve and to help bring breast cancer awareness to communities of color.